Great news, Sony Ericsson fans! A version of the CyanogenMod 7 with support for all currently existing Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphones is on the way. The news was brought by the chief CM developers Steve Kondik, so it’s as official as it gets.
CM7 is an aftermarket firmware based on the open-source Android project, which has helped many droids to get updates long after their official support stopped. So if you are still sticking with your Xperia X8 or Xperia Mini, you will be able to repay them for their service with a portion of Gingerbread. Read more »
Nokia has just parted ways with its MeeGo platform, but the Finns are, reportedly, about to add another Linux-based platform with a windy name to its portfolio. Its name will be Meltemi and, unlike MeeGo, it will be designed with entry-level handsets in mind.
Although the company declined to comment on the matter, WSJ is confident that the company will be shifting the efforts of its software developers to lower-end products. Nokia is obviously looking to replace the S40 featurephone interface with a proper OS. Read more »
Skype has updated its Android app, making it possible for 14 more members of the Google OS family to do video calls. That includes a couple of Sony Ericsson smartphones (Live with Walkman and neo V), three LG Optimus droids (2X, 3D and Black), the Japan-bound HTC Shooter, five Motorola handsets (Photon, Droid 3, Bionic and Atrix) as well as a couple of Honeycomb slates (T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom).
Those 13 new video-capable Android devices join the 27 who got the feature enabled with previous releases of the Skype application. There seem to be no other major improvements brought by the 22.214.171.124 update, but we guess the usual portion of bug-fixes and optimizations was delivered as well. Read more »
Flickr has unveiled two new mobile applications to join its Arsenal. The image and video hosting service has officially landed on Android and the company has introduced a new Flickr Photo Session feature to celebrate that.
The Android Flickr client is pretty standard affair – it lets you take photos, edit them, and quickly upload them to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter or wherever else you see fit. It also improves the browsing and navigation, making it easier for you to keep an eye of your (and others’) photo libraries. Read more »
If you’ve got a Symbian phone you are probably eagerly waiting for the Belle update to hit your phone. We did try to help make the wait more bearable with our detailed Belle review and now Nokia seems to have something more for you.
The company has created an interactive Symbian Belle demo that you can enjoy right from the comfort of your Facebook account. It even uses your contacts and everything. Read more »
If you are a BlackBerry PlayBook owner you should be eager to get the Tablet OS 2.0 because of the promised Android player. It will allow you to run native Android applications on the BlackBerry tablet.
Well, you should hold your excitement just yet. RIM engineers have explained the limitations of that Android player and you may not like what you are about to read. Read more »
The mobile phone in its infancy was, let’s face it, a bit of an ugly duckling. Just take a look back at the older pages of our databases and you’ll find failed attempts at style, trying to rectify this with sometimes disastrous results (see: Motorola StarTAC Rainbow for example).
Nowadays however, the mobile phone has been transformed in practically every way. Read more »
As Android 3.2 Honeycomb with its built-in support for smaller screens got released, there is little surprise that 7″ tablets, with the latest Google OS on board, started rolling out with a rapid pace. Toshiba is the latest manufacturer to offer a 7″ slate with the unveiling of its second Thrive Android Honeycomb tablet.
The 7″ Thrive carries the same styling as Read more »
Another day, another Samsung Galaxy S II visit in our office, folks. We have just received the AT&T version of the powerful Samsung droid today, and here come our initial impressions for you.
The AT&T Galaxy S II is the closest relative to the I9100 from the U.S. trio. In terms of measures and appearance, it is practically identical to the original Galaxy S II, save for the button arrangement in the front of the device – the AT&T version has received four touch sensitive ones instead of the three button configuration which the rest of the world sibling has.
In terms of specs, Read more »
The Kindle Fire might have been the star of the Amazon show that just ended, but it wasn’t by any means the only major announcement. Along with the Android-based tablet came three eReaders, two of which have touchscreen control.
We got the new Kindle, which gets rid of the QWERTY keyboard and is 30% lighter at 170g and 18% more compact than its predecessor. What’s most important about it though is its price – it’s just $79 dollars. The only catch is, this price is valid only for the ad-supported Special Offers version (where that is available). If you don’t want any adverts on your homescreen you will have to part with $109 for the new Kindle. But there’s more. Read more »
We have an LG Optimus 7 that’s been lying aimlessly around the office ever since we finished off its review back in last November. It was still stuck on the original WP7 build since it always refused to update. We were really starting to think there was something wrong with it but honestly, we didn’t really care enough to research it.
Until yesterday that is, when the Windows Phone Mango update finally went live and we all turned our heads to the forgotten Optimus 7 up there on the shelf. And being the lucky boy that I am (I’m the rookie around here), I got the nasty job of finding a way to update it no matter what.
Well, I’m telling you, I was at loose ends with this task. I spent several hours of my time reading forums and trying what not.. until… the solution just popped up in my RSS reader. Thanks to this great tip, I managed to get our Optimus 7 go through two separate updates before I finally got to the coveted Mango as well (and saved my job along the way). Read on to see how. Read more »
Boy, this is big! Amazon just unveiled their Android-running Kindle Fire slate and it’s looking like a real winner. The $199 tablet has a 7″ IPS LCD with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and runs on a TI OMAP chipset with a dual-core CPU. Its screen has a Gorilla glass cover on top and a special anti-reflective coating that should make it fully usable outdoors.
Weighing 413 grams, the Amazon Kindle Fire is a relatively compact tablet at 190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm and it’s thinner than the Nook Color, which has a profile of 12mm. The Kindle Fire has just 8 GB of internal storage, but Amazon is offering free online storage for any content you get from their ecosystem. That means some of the 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books that you can purchase from the tablet itself plus the apps from the Amazon Android app store. Read more »
Today Sony Ericsson announced that another block buster game will be landing exclusively on its Xperia PLAY smartphone. Square Enix will be bringing Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light to the gaming-centered droid in November.
Of course, that exclusivity is only valid if you are talking about the Android platform. The title has been available on iOS-running devices for quite a while now. Yet the developer has assured us that with the rich set of gaming controls available on the XPERIA Play this will be the best place to enjoy the game.
We guess that the Android exclusivity of the Lara Croft and Guardian of Light will be limited to a few months with the game becoming available for the other devices on the platform after that.
There’s still nothing mentioned about the pricing of the title, but it shouldn’t be higher than the $2.99 that it costs on iOS.
There are some good news and some bad news for the MeeGo fans out there. The good news is that their platform isn’t dead, despite Nokia giving up on its development. The bad news is that MeeGo will have to go through another transformation in order to live on. So it’s so long to MeeGo, long live to Tizen.
Latest news is that Intel has finally found the partner it was looking for to help it shape MeeGo in Samsung. The Koreans will join Intel and The Linux Foundation in the development of Tizen – a new open-source project, of which Meego will become a part of. Read more »
Mozilla has just released the latest version of its Firefox browser for Android. Firefox 7 is immediately available in the Android market bringing improved copy and paste functionality along with performance updates.
The changelog also includes built-in language detection on first run and new WebSockets APIs, which should allow web developers to build better web apps and sites. Read more »